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Improved formalism for rough-surface scattering of acoustic and electromagnetic waves
Author(s): D. Michael Milder
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Paper Abstract

The integral operator connecting the normal gradient of the scattered field to its boundary values can be represented by an expansion in roughness amplitude that is more rapidly convergent than conventional solution. Each term in the operator series consists of alternating applications of Fourier transforms and multiplications by functions of surface position and wavenumber. The procedure is consequently efficient enough to provide accurate scattering solutions for two-dimensional surfaces (zetz) (x,y) of high roughness amplitude and substantial detail. The appropriate expansion parameter for the scalar problem is the Fresnel roughness, which for a composite random surface scales like the rms slopes times the rms Rayleigh height. For the vector electromagnetic problem an additional, partially independent, parameter arises in the form of squared slope for those roughness scales shorter than the radiation wavelength.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 November 1991
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1558, Wave Propagation and Scattering in Varied Media II, (11 November 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.49628
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D. Michael Milder, Arete Associates (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1558:
Wave Propagation and Scattering in Varied Media II
Vijay K. Varadan, Editor(s)

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